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Crimes of Violence: Young People

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people aged (a) under 16 and (b) between 16 and 25 years were convicted of a violent crime in each of the last five years. (202231)

The information requested covering convictions for indictable offences within the violence against the person category for the years 2002-06 is provided in the following table.

The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for violence against the person offences by age group, England and Wales, 2002-061,2

10-15

16-25

26-35

36 and over

All ages

2002

2,568

18,193

9,394

7,553

37,708

2003

2,495

18,041

9,490

8,010

38,036

2004

2,606

18,977

9,251

8,315

39,149

2005

2,810

19,928

9,273

8,918

40,929

2006

2,832

20,873

9,150

9,009

41,864

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collections processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice